Published Thursday, 22-Jul-2010 in issue 1178
Mercury entering Virgo and Mars into Libra boost urges to be so helpful with suggestions that intended “beneficiaries” won’t want to hear. As these planets trigger discord with Neptune, Uranus and Saturn, political yammering will get louder and uglier. Listening and adapting are the keys to success.
March 20 – April 19
Let the other person take the lead. Think through any criticisms before you offer them. Think of it not as being subservient, but rather as honing your own effectiveness and a challenge to better discipline.
April 20 – May 20
While your health is a bit vulnerable right now, the best thing you can do is stay calm, don’t worry about it. Look for some activity you can enjoy, maybe yoga or a sport, to help you stay in shape.
May 21 – June 20
Ask not what your community can do for you; your creative intelligence and long-range vision can be very helpful – or you can just be bitchy. More than yet another Bette Davis impression, we need brilliant vision. Push yourself, honey!
June 21 – July 22
Keeping quiet and focusing on work can be a real challenge! Blow off steam chatting with a sisterly pal. Keep aware of scandals and machinations at work. If you can’t steer clear of those situations, trust your instincts, but be very careful!
July 23 – August 22
Your arguments now reflect more of your own personal insecurities than you want to admit, even to yourself. Stretch your own intellect and your sensitivity to others by working harder to see where they’re coming from.
August 23 – September 22
Self-criticism is necessary to self-improvement, but it can be overdone! Give yourself the same latitude you think your loved ones should give themselves. Improvements in diet and exercise can best be achieved working with your partner or a friend.
September 23 – October 22
Your worries are likely exaggerated and misplaced. The truth from a close friend may sting or shock you. That’s when you really need to listen! Creative re-framing can free from worries you can’t solve to handle problems you can.
October 23 – November 21
As real as your greatest fears seem, the most crucial factor in any of it is your health, and fear only undermines that. Parental influences may be exaggerating your fears. Friends can help you find solutions to your problems.
November 22 – December 20
Accept criticism from bosses and friends for whatever constructive value you can find there. Apply lessons from sports or some outré artistic inspiration. Allow more friendly criticism to hone that and you could win a reputation for genius.
December 21 – January 19
Hard work is, as ever, the key to success. Tenacity is for your goals, not your process. New analytical approaches and odd ideas that pop up at home will help you work not just harder, but smarter.
January 20 – February 18
Any little thing might set you off on some huge tirade. Of course, it’s no small thing to you! The fireworks could be amusing to others, but think ahead if you want to be among those laughing later.
February 19 – March 19
Have a heart-to-heart with your partner over what is important in your relationship and what adjustments need to be made. Single? Pay attention to sexual and social dissatisfaction as clues to what you need to work on.